Job Actor
Known for Exaggerated handlebar mustache, raucous voice; zany or nitwitted characters
Top Roles Achilles Bombanassa, Himself, Professor Yascha Koloski, Himself / MC at Silver Springs, March Hare
Top GenresMusical, Comedy, Romance, Adventure, Family, Animation
Top TopicsExotic Lands, Road Movie, Disney
Top Collaborators , , , (Producer)
Shares birthday with Dolores Costello, Anne Bancroft, Roddy McDowall  see more..

Jerry Colonna Overview:

Character actor, Jerry Colonna, was born Gerardo Luigi Colonna on Sep 17, 1904 in Boston, MA. Colonna died at the age of 82 on Nov 21, 1986 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles .


Jerry Colonna was a beaming, bulgy-eyed American musician and comedian who had a black mustache that almost rivaled Groucho Marx's fake one. He also had the ability to hold a note until it sounded as though it were bouncing around in an echo chamber. He was a trombone player at age 14, and later led his own band, but his raucous voice and sense of the ridiculous led him into comedy. After a regular stint on Bob Hope's radio show, he made engagingly lunatic cameo appearances in film frolics featuring Hope and others.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Radio.

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Jerry Colonna Quotes:

Alice: Unbirthday? I'm sorry, but I don't quite understand.
March Hare: It's very simple. Now, thirty days has Septem -No. wait... An unbirthday, if you have a birthday, then you -
March Hare: She doesn't know what an unbirthday is.

Narrator: If that's Casey, I'm a Rhode Island rooster.
[Casey arrives]
Narrator: Well, cock-a-doodle-doo!

Alice: [turning down an offer for a cup of tea] I'm sorry, but I just haven't the time!
March Hare: The time! The time! Who's got the time?

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Jerry Colonna Facts
After high school graduation from Boston English High, he found a job working as a longshoreman.

Worked with the CBS staff orchestra as a musician. He broke up the other players so much during rehearsals that he started getting jobs doing comic warm-ups on live radio programs.

Brother of Louis Colonna.

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